Hasakah, Syria – On Wednesday, four civilians were killed and another injured on Wednesday after several mortar shells hit the Kurdish-majority districts of Salihiya and Mufti in the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria.
The shells were reportedly fired from strongholds of Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants located south of the city.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, activist Saad Khalaf said that amid a state of panic seven mortar shells fell on the Salihiya and Mufti neighborhoods, killing three civilians, including two women, and injuring another.
“Sounds of clashes were heard on the western outskirts of the city,” he added.
The human rights activist Mohammed Akram told ARA News that all the victims were from the Mufti district.
“The victims were: Sherin Ramadan Ali, 16, Shamsa Abdo, 45, Ahmad Abdul Wahab, 21, Salwa Bashir Hiddo, 45.”
In the meantime, a security member of the Asayish forces stated to ARA News that a car bomb exploded near the headquarters of the Asayish leadership in the Nasira neighborhood resulted in the death of a security member.
“Eight IS terrorists, apparently disguised and dressed in Asayish uniforms, attacked the headquarters after the explosion, causing the outbreak of clashes between both sides,” he added.
“The Asayish forces were able to kill the eight terrorists, while six security members of the Asayish lost their lives in the clashes,” the source told ARA News.
The General Command of the Asayish forces issued a statement, of which ARA news received a copy, demanding the residents stay in their homes “for their safety”.
For nearly two years, the Islamic State group has been striving to gain control over major areas in Hasakah province. The southern entrances of Hasakah are held by the pro-regime forces, while the northern parts are under Kurdish control.
Reporting by: Zozan Shekho, Aynur Mohammed, and Dilshad Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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